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Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
May 2015
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Below are select offerings from each region. For the full listing of events and workshops go to our Searchable Calendar.

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"A shared vision is not an idea. It is a force in people's hearts, a force of impressive power."
 ~ Peter Senge       

Teamwork Twists

How would a nonprofit organization accomplish anything without teamwork? Whether you have staff and/or a robust committee structure or a pair of willing partners, teams are essential to fulfilling your mission. Some basic teamwork tests include: 

  • Is the team's purpose clear?

  • Are team member roles clear?

  • Is the project on track?

Beyond the Basics

  • Are the right people at the table? Is there adequate buy-in from key constituents? Consider multiple levels: those who may benefit from the work, the community in general, outliers with fresh perspectives, implementers, and traditional stakeholders. Laying a strong foundation is well worth the time and may bring unexpected interest and resources.

  • How committed is the team? Is the purpose compelling and inspiring? If not, explore how the work supports a greater or larger goal, without which the organization might not be at its best. How can commitment be made stronger?

  • Are there opportunities for creative input and new thinking? Maximize team member's talents with a creativity break to inspire new momentum or help refine strategoes. Refresh an unwieldy process or outdated communications piece to re-invigorate the team and increase results.

  • Document and communicate. Repeat. Every project needs an elevator speech in order to recruit team members and share with constituents. Track key tools. Share progress regularly.

  • When leadership changes. Most projects experience a change in executive, volunteer, or team leadership, eventually. Be prepared with a status assessment, acknowledging contributions and successes. Welcome new perspectives. If the project takes a new course, take the lessons forward and make the next direction an even better choice.  


Download this month's free resource on Teamwork Tips and Trends including even more suggestions (see link, left).


Doing the teamwork twist,


Lisa Hanger

Statewide Director

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network 


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Strategic Planning a Road Map for Your Futue


Jillian Miller This workshop will put you on the road to better planning for 2015 and beyond.

Does your nonprofit have a strategic plan? More importantly... do you use it? This workshop will discuss the importance of a strategic plan, various models of strategic plans, and the process to developing and implementing a plan that works.


Vision, Mission, Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics will be discussed.  If your previous or current strategic plan is sitting in a binder collecting dust or you are looking to begin the planning process for your organization, this workshop is for you. 

When: Friday, May 29, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  EDT

Where: Fulton County Public Library, 320 W. 7th Street, Room A, Rochester, IN

Sponsor: Northern Indiana Community Foundation

Presenter:  Jillian Henry, INRN Western Regional Director

Cost: $30, includes materials and lunch



For more information, contact Keith Sarber, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Northern Region.

Southern Region

The Board's Role In Fundraising


This workshop outlines the many ways in which every board member can participate in raising funds to accomplish your mission.  Even the most reluctant "fundraiser" will come away with tools and ideas they can use (and enjoy) as they participate in generating fundraising dollars.


When:  Thursday, May 14, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Where: Ivy Tech Community College, 509 Ivy Tech Drive Room 2010, Madison, IN

Presenter:  June Miller, Southern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

Presented By: Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County 

Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials

Registration: Contact Kelly Hoagland,, 812-274-0243



Creating a Comprehensive Fundraising Plan
Whether you are new to fundraising or have experience in the field and are seeking a fresh approach to planning for your resource development endeavors, this session will have key takeaways for you.


When: Thursday, June 11, 8:30 AM- 11:30 AM EDT

Where: Vincennes University Jasper Campus, CTIM Building, 850 College, Jasper IN

Presenter: Laura Macknick, Director of Development, Trine University

Sponsor: Dubois County Community Foundation - Better Together Series

Cost: $15, includes refreshments and materials

Registration: or contact Karen Williams,, 812-422-4100


For more information, contact June Miller, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region.

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Eastern Region


Based on the Book Lean In

Be Your Own Hero and Claim Your Strengths: How to Achieve Your Full Potential at Work


This lunchtime workshop is based on ideas presented in Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's best-selling book, Lean In. Participants will actively engage in discussions and exercises designed to strengthen your ability to adopt a hero's mindset when facing your next workplace challenge. 

  • Concentrate on your strengths while managing around weaknesses

  • Learn how to align your goals - create activities to make better use of time

  • Focus on how to get helpful feedback  

  • Examine recent experiences to increase your rate of positive outcomes

  • Discover how to take credit for your successes

  • Learn what is holding you back and keeping you on the sidelines

  • Recognize why professional development is important

When: Wednesday, May 13, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Where: United Way of Delaware County, Boardroom, 400 North High St., Suite 300, Muncie, IN

Presenter: Jeannine Harrold, Director Emerita of the Ball State University Career Center, Loring; Sternberg and Associates

Cost: $25, includes lunch


For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Eastern  Region.

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Toxic Charity - Two locations next week!

Why do the poor remain poor in spite of the enormous sums of money, resources, and time we invest attempting to relieve poverty? This session is a candid examination of current charitable practices intended to help the poor that are at best, ineffective, and may actually leave them worse off.  Participants will gain an understanding of how charitable practices intended to aid the poor can either help or do harm. Core principles that guide compassionate service toward empowering the poor and real life models and methods of effective ministry will be presented to offer ways to alleviate poverty through partnering with -  rather than doing for - those in need. Participants will learn essential principles of empowering service and measurable criteria for assessing the effectiveness of charitable activity and the appropriate application.

When:  Tuesday, May 5, Noon - 4:00 PM * special time! EDT
Where:  Crawfordsville Country Club, 3272 W. Country Club Rd, Crawfordsville, IN
Presenter:  Robert Lupton, author and speaker 
Cost:  $15, if registered in advance; $25, at the door

When: Wednesday, May 6, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT, registration begins at 11:00 AM
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 1600 Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette, IN
Presenter: Robert Lupton, author and speaker 

The Board and Staff Partnership and Executive Transition 


Part of the Wabash Valley Nonprofit Learning Series. Explore how the board and Executive Director both play important, yet different, roles, and hear how your peers approach that balancing act. Bryan will share tools and strategies plus lead a discussion about contingency planning for key staff. We will also talk about how you can ensure your organization is prepared when your Executive Director departs - whether for retirement, another position, or board dismissal. 

When: Thursday, May 14, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Where: Ivy Tech, Center for Information Technology (CIT) Building, Room #H240, Terre Haute, IN

Presenter: Bryan Orander, President of Charitable Advisors and Publisher of the Not-for-Profit News in Central Indiana and Southwest Ohio

Cost: $20



For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.

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Strategic Board Building


  • What are the elements of a strong board?
  • What do you look for when you recruit new board members?
  • Where do you find great board members?
  • How can you be strategic in your recruitment?
  • What does board diversity look like, and why is it important?

Join us for an interesting and important discussion that will strengthen your board of directors.


When: Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT

Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN

Presenter:  Christa Thacker, Manager, Leadership United for United Way of Central IN

Cost: $30, United Way agencies; $35, others



Volunteer Management (A Two Part Workshop)


This course is for those who are new to the field of volunteer services or for those who are experienced but would like to get back to basics. Join us as we explore topics such as:

  • components of an internal volunteer program,
  • recruitment and marketing,
  • volunteer roles,
  • skills-based volunteerism, and
  • evaluation of a volunteer program.


When: Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT

Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN

Presenter:  Alan Witchey, Director, Volunteer Center, United Way of Central IN, and Becky Fox, Manager, Corporate Volunteerism at United Way of Central IN

Cost: $60, United Way agencies; $35, others



For more information, contact Beth Mussman, Director, Nonprofit Training Center, United Way of Central Indiana.